In a first, Mumbai’s Ola, Uber cab drivers can apply for permits online

After making it mandatory for app-based cabs to have a permit to ply, the Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Department (MMVD) will allow them to obtain these permits online. In a first, the MMVD will introduce a system that is expected to eliminate drivers’ reliance on agents and touts at regional transport offices (RTO).

Earlier, the department would conduct online lotteries to issue permits to black-and-yellow taxi and autorickshaw owners. However, after it was hit by allegations of corruption, it decided to adopt an online system to issue permits to app-based cab owners.

Under the new rules, the state has made getting a new licence mandatory for aggregators such as Uber and Ola. Once they get a licence, they will have to agree to a cap on maximum and minimum fares. Currently, such cabs ply on the concept of surge pricing, where fare increases according to the demand during peak hours.


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